PORTLAND, Ore. -- As a child growing up in Northeast Portland, Steve Bramucci dreamed of becoming a master adventurer.
If he wasn't fishing with his father Ralph, or hiking the Columbia Gorge with his mother Mary, he was dreaming of floating the Nile river and fighting off crocodiles. Steve's love of adventure led him to become a travel writer and after seeing the world, he knew he had a story to tell.
"The Danger Gang and the Pirates of Borneo" is the first book in a series about Ronald Zupan and Julianne Sato who head off on a grand adventure to save Ronald's parents. It is an action-packed book written for young readers that, in the spirit of Disney-Pixar movies, includes a few funny nuggets for mom and dad. As you're reading you can't help but wonder how much personal experience Steve put into the pages, which is what made his trip back home so great.
Last week Steve visited All Saints Grade School, where he attended as a child, and shared his story with the 5th grade class. Since the students were all reading the book, they had an opportunity to ask Steve the questions you would want to ask an author. Steve happily answered every one, giving life to the characters written on the pages.
Steve's homecoming was the latest stop on a national tour promoting his book, which he hopes will be the next chapter in the adventure of his life.
You can read more about Steve's book at stephenbramucci.com